What is BLDRfly?

Exploring the people shaping the future in + from Boulder

BLDRfly explores the people shaping the future in + from Boulder. Our city has so many amazing people who develop cutting-edge products and ideas. Nothing happens without a founder or developer’s vision and passion. Here we celebrate the amazing wellspring of talent and energy that Boulder cultivates and nourishes — both the local community and the world at large.

Stay tuned for podcasts, videos + events centered on the amazing people who intersect with Boulder and spin its vibrant energy forward.

Collaboration is another BLDRfly pillar. We want to tap into the amazing skill, talent and vision of the Boulder community and serve as the vehicle for its flight. If you have an idea for a project you’d like to bring to life, reach out to BLDRfly founder Paul Hagey at paul@bldrfly.com.

We have a monthly digital publication schedule with email dispatches every other week of BLDRfly’s newest features and other content. Each month we center content on a loose theme. As we mature, we’ll introduce a print publication.


Founder and Editor, Paul Hagey

Paul Hagey, BLDRfly founder and editor

I’m an award-winning journalist who moved to Boulder from Oakland, California in summer 2016, to live the mountain life. I received a Master’s degree in magazine journalism from the University of Missouri in 2009. My wife and I celebrated the arrival of our daughter, Dylan Elizabeth, in April 2019, when we also moved into our new North Boulder home.

Since graduating, I’ve freelanced for a mix of national and regional magazines, wrote a series of feature magazine articles on the natural history of the Missouri Ozarks (where I lived for a year after graduation), covered the city beat at a Berkeley, California, newspaper, and worked as a daily reporter at a trade publication.

In addition to my day job running the Boulder-based content agency HageyMedia, I serve as executive editor at the residential real estate brokerage consulting firm T3 Sixty.

BLDRfly is a long-brewing local news idea that first took root in Oakland and is now taking flight in Boulder. In short, I believe in local journalism’s vital role in fostering intelligent conversations, bringing a place to life and facilitating a thriving community, and am baking these beliefs into BLDRfly. Let’s take flight together.

Associate Editor, Jessica Mordacq 

Jessica Mordacq, BLDRfly’s associate editor

Like most any journalist, I grew up an avid reader and writer. I quickly became invigorated by retelling other people’s descriptive, complicated and heart-warming stories during a journalism class I took in high school.

I’m a pandemic-graduate, completing my courses at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2020 before moving to Boulder later that year. Since graduating, I’ve freelanced for a handful of publications, including Boulder Lifestyle, Colorado Community Media, gb&d and Sixtysix Magazine.

I started working with BLDRfly in April, meeting regularly with Paul online to begin sending out regular newsletters once again after a brief pandemic hiatus.

When I’m not staring at a computer screen, contemplating which word to write next, I work at Alpine Modern (read BLDRfly’s story about how it started as a small retail store here), climbing, crafting or writing my next stand-up set. Visit my website here.